Jantti Named Academic First Team All-District
McAlpine Honored With Second Team Selection
University of Kentucky soccer player Ilkka Jantti has been named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District IV first team, while teammate Chris McAlpine was honored as a second-team selection.
The team consists of athletes from the fall/winter sports of cross country, fencing, gymnastics, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, soccer, swimming, water polo and wrestling, and honorees are selected by a district vote of the College Sports Information Directors of America based on athletic and academic accomplishments during the past season. First-team selections will appear on the national ballot, as well, which will be released on April 17.
Jantti, a junior management major, helped lead the Cats to an 11-9-2 record this season on their way to winning their first Mid-American Conference regular-season title, second straight MAC Tournament Championship, and second-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. Starting all 20 of the games in which he played, Jantti was second on the team in points with eight (three goals and two assists) and contributed to a strong defensive unit that helped UK hold No. 9 Saint Louis scoreless and advance to the second round of NCAA play for the first time in school history. He was first-team All-MAC and All-Mideast Region and was named an honorable mention All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Jantti also has been a fixture on numerous academic teams since his arrival from Lahti, Finland. He has been on the Athletic Directors Honor Roll, the Southeastern Conference and MAC Academic Honor Rolls, and the Deans List, and he is also a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.
McAlpine started 13 of the 20 games in which he appeared in 2000, scoring a penalty kick on just one attempt and playing strong in the middle for one of the top defenses in the country. His play in the MAC Tournament earned him a place on the all-tournament team, and he started both games for the Cats in the NCAA tournament.
In the classroom, McAlpine also has done well. He had been a member of the
Athletic Directors Honor Roll, SEC and MAC Academic Honor Rolls, and the Deans
List. He is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, as well as the UK Society of
Character. For his work on and off the field in 2000, he was named an honorable
mention Regional Academic All-American by the NSCAA.